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The earliest origins of the Crofoot surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon surname Crofoot may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow, and fot, which means foot. However, the Old English phrase crou-fot was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Crofoot may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark.

Crofoot Early Origins



The surname Crofoot was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. Although this name may sound like an Indian name to North Americans it has its roots in Suffolk.

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Crofoot Spelling Variations


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Crofoot Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crofoot are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crofoot include: Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.

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Crofoot Early History


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Crofoot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crofoot research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Crofoot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crofoot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crofoot Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Crofoot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crofoot or a variant listed above:

Crofoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Crofoot, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1895

Crofoot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Virgina Crofoot, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • Elizabeth Crofoot, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crofoot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crofoot (post 1700)



  • Leonard Crofoot (b. 1948), American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer
  • Alan Crofoot (1929-1979), Canadian opera tenor and actor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Crofoot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crofoot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 December 2015 at 09:54.

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